Top 10 Serial Killers of the World

People are always emailing me or asking me who are the top serial killers in the world. Much to their surprise, most of the ones that I tell them about they have never heard of. Some, however, are known for the notorious publicity that circles them. Below is a list of the top ten serial killers in the world - the best of the worst.

1. Pedro Alonso Lopez - This by far is one of the most dangerous serial killers of all time with a victim count of over 300. Better known as the Monster of Andes, Lopez killed nearly 100 tribal women in Peru by 1978. Caught by tribal authorities who were ready to sentence him to death, an American missionary who was passing by convinced the tribe to let her take him to the police, the police - who let him go - were not convinced that the killings were of importance to them. Lopez than went to Ecuador where he would kill between three and four girls a week. Once caught in 1980, Lopez confessed to over 300 murders, police only believed him when an unexpected flash flood uncovered a mass grave with most of Lopez's victims. He then was released by the Ecaudor government and deported back to Columbia in 1998.

2. Henry Lee Lucas - Even though Lucas confessed at first to nearly 3,000 murders, eventually the total would be brought down to a little over 100 by the Henry Lee Lucas Task Force. The task force was created just to research the confessions that were given to numerous police officials. Police officials from around the country, seeking closure in many open cases, interviewed Lucas hoping to solve murders that had been unsolved for years. Although some officials closed many cases with Lucas's confession, later in the years, most of the cases were re-opened. Many people believe that Henry Lee Lucas had been toying with officials to see just how far he could go. Officials were finally convinced that Lucas participated in over 100 murders with his accomplice Ottis Toole. Lucas received the death penalty but the sentence was later commuted to life in prison in 1998. In 2001, Henry Lee Lucas died in prison of natural causes which means we will never know if he was confessing to crimes he did not commit, or making it look like he did not commit the crimes he so violently committed.

3. Bruno Ludke - German born Ludke was 18 years-old in 1927 when he started his killing spree of nearly 85 women. After World War II, Ludke was apprehended by police after molesting a young lady and was sterilized for his crime. But this did not stop his violent attacks on women to come. Ludke used strangulation or stabbing as the method of killing after he sexually assaulted them. Ludke's luck ran out and he was caught on January 29, 1943. Before trial, Ludke was deemed insane and put into a mental hospital where they performed all kinds of terrible experiments on him. On April 8, 1944, he would be put to death by a chemical injection that was tested on him.

4. Andrei Chikatilo - Russia's famous Rostov Ripper claimed the lives of nearly 53 women and young children during the years of 1978 to 1991. His victims were usually homeless people who stayed around the railroad or bus stations. His crimes were more violent than most killers, stabbing the victims uncontrollably until his sexual release was satisfied and completed. November 20,1990, Andrei Chikatilo was apprehended and interrogated by police where he then confessed to some 56 murders. Three of the victims could not be found, Chikatilo was not held accountable for them. His trial began in April of 1992 and ended in July. On October 15, 1992 Chikatilo was found guilty of 52 of the murders and sentenced to death. On February 14, 1994, Andrei Chikatilo was executed by being shot in the back of the head.

5. Gerald Stano - Over a seven year period starting in 1973, Stano would kill over 42 people - mostly hookers and hitch-hikers - by strangulation, shooting or stabbing his victims. Oddly enough Stano never sexually assaulted any of his victims, the violence of his crimes was enough to satisfy his rage without adding rape. In the 1980s he was captured and sentenced to eight life sentences and one death sentence. On March 23, 1998, Gerald Stano was executed in Florida's electric chair.

6. Moses Sithole - This is one of South Africa's most famous serial killers known for the rapes if 40 women and the deaths of 38 during the years of 1994 and 1995. Convicted on December 5, 1997, Sithole was sentenced to 2,410 years in prison at Pretoria Central Prison. The possibility for his parole is in 930 years. In 2000 authorities noted that Moses Sithole had contracted the HIV virus and currently has AIDS.

7. Gary Ridgeway - Better known to most people as The Green River Killer. In a two and a half year killing spree in the 1980s, Ridgeway murdered nearly 50 women in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. The victims were either hookers or runaways and had been sexually assaulted then strangled. Ridgeway, who had been arrested two times prior for the solicitation of prostitutes, was finally being arrested for the crime the police suspected him doing in the first place 20 years ago due to DNA evidence. Gary Ridgeway confessed to the most killings of any American serial killer to date, and on December 18, 2003, Judge Richard Jones sentenced Gary Ridgeway to 48 consecutive life sentences without any possibility of parole. He is currently residing in the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington.

8. John Wayne Gacy - Gacy, who has been a well known political figure and friend to many people in his small Chicago neighborhood, shocked dozens of close companions when on December 22, 1978, he confessed to detectives that he had molested and killed 33 men. He admitted to burying 28 of the victims under the crawlspace in his house and disposing the other five in the Des Plaines River. Most of the victims were teenage runaways or teenagers that had worked for Gacy at his construction company. The trial of John Wayne Gacy began on February 6, 1980. Gacy tried to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, which was immediately denied by the courts. With only five weeks of trial, Gacy was found guilty on March 13,1980, and sentenced to death. Fourteen years later, on May 10, 1994, at the Stateville Penitentiary in Illinois, John Wayne Gacy was executed by lethal injection. His last words were "You can kiss my ass."

9. Dean Corll - Dean Corll did not work alone, his accomplices David Brooks and Elmer Henley murdered at least 27 boys in which they raped, killed and then buried in rural areas Houston, Texas. All the victims were between the ages of 9 - 21. Dean Corll would only be looked at as a suspect when one of his partners in crime Elmer Henley shot and killed him. In 1976, Henley and Brooks were tried and convicted. Henly, who was charged with six of the murders, was sentenced to six 99-year terms. Brooks was convicted of one murder and sentenced to life in prison. As of today, all parole hearings have been rejected and both are in still in jail.

10. Wayne Williams - Williams, better known as the Atlanta Child Murderer, was deemed responsible for the 29 deaths of children in the Atlanta, Georgia, area between the years of 1979 - 1981. Although convicted of only two murders, 27 year-old Nathaniel Cater and 29 year-old Jimmy Payne, Atlanta authorities claimed to have solved 22 of the 29 child murders due to Williams arrest and conviction on February 27, 1982. Even though most of the people in the area did not believe that Williams could kill all of those children, the jury deliberated for less than 10 hours and came back with a guilty verdict and a sentence of two consecutive life terms. Williams still proclaims his innocence today.

Although there are many other serial killers who have been more violent and eccentric, these 10 are the ones that have killed the most people. Unfortunately, with the obsession of serial killers that people have today, their names and their crimes will live on for a long time to come - exactly what most criminals of this extent intend to accomplish. To always be remembered and never forgotten.

In the pathetic words of serial killer Ted Bundy "We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow."

Published by Jeanne Marie Kerns

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  • Hora 9/2/2013

    I thing is a serial killer forgive American liberals woman in a serial kill baby with consent of another notorious criminals Dems-liberals.That calling a license for kill.

  •  5/29/2013

    TAKIS RULLLLLEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!BYE THE WAY.but why isnt loolid the third up there?????

  • Max Clifford 3/7/2013

    This list is not correct, Dr Harold shipman from england is thought to have murdered over 350 people during his carrer as a Dr.

  • rrrr 2/9/2013

    follow up to my post for purchase of serial killer books online "norkcub@yahoo.ca"

  • rrrr 2/9/2013

    please post a website for me to find books to purchase about serial killer's
    l fine books store's to be limited in there stock

  • Jusherwine 1/2/2013

    And henry lee lucas was a nobody he was just a liar to gain recognition , I believe he may have murdered but not nearly as much as he claimed to have killed

  • Jusherwine 1/2/2013

    People of today put people at a status that they dont even come to the standards of doing, first off the worse serial killer was ALBERT FISH, ALL OF HIS VICTIMS WERE CHILDREN , HE WAS A KILLER AND CANNIBAL OF CHILDREN IN NEW YORK HIS LAST VICTIM WAS A LITTLE GIRL NAMED GRACE HE TRICKED HER PARENTS INTO LETTING HER COME TO A PARTY WHICH WAS NOT TRUE AT ALL HE KILLED HER CUT HER UP AND IT TOOK A WEEK TO CONSUME HER BODY THEN HE WROTE A SICK LETTER TO HER PARENTS DESCRIBING THE HORRIFIC DETAILS, THE PEOPLE THAT THEY HAVE ON HERE AS THE WORSE SERIAL KILLERS DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT, TO KILL ANOTHER ADULT IS CRAZY BUT TO TARGET CHILDREN SAYS SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT OF THEIR MENTAL STATUS!!!

  • Wrytoast 12/18/2012

    Where is the Countess Bathory in all of this?

  • Kimberly 12/10/2012

    justin ransink said he would be the most notorious serial killer did you not see his post? 3/15/2011 he needs to be taken serious because he might not be kidding

  • Nathan 8/16/2012

    This list sucks. What about Gilles de Rais? He killed hundreds of little boys and slit their jugular vein so he could be showered in blood. Also, what about Luis Garavito? He killed and raped over 100 young boys. What about Alexander Pichuskin, Elizabeth Bathory, Ted Bundy, etc...? How are these killers not even listed?

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